Starting grants: call 2017

The call for Starting Grants intents to support recently appointed members of the Autonomous Academic Staff (ZAP) to develop a research project for a period of four years.

Who can apply?

Starting Grants are intended for recently appointed ZAP members. At the moment of the deadline (5 September 2017), the promoter’s appointment as ZAP-member at Ghent University may not have started more than 3 years ago and must be at least 50%.

For the call 2017 the following  ZAP-members can apply for Starting Grant: 

  • ZAP-members whose ZAP-appointment (of at least 50%) has started on 1 October 2014 or more recently.
  • ZAP-members who were appointed for less than 50% and whose appointment was increased to a minimum of 50% on 1 October 2014 or more recently.
  • An exception on the minimum appointment rate is only made for:
  1. ZAP-members whose ZAP-appointment has started on 1 October 2014 or more recently and who take up this appointment on a part-time basis in combination with an FWO-postdoctoral fellowship.
  2. ZAP-members whose ZAP-appointment has started on 1 October 2014 or more recently and who combine a ZAP-position of less than 50% with an FWO-senior clinical investigator fellowship.
  3. ZAP-members whose ZAP-appointment at Ghent University has started on 1 October 2014 or more recently and who combine a part-time ZAP-appointment at Ghent University with a part-time ZAP-appointment at the Ghent University Global Campus (South-Korea). The combined appointment percentage amounts at least 50%.

A Starting Grant is not automatically awarded. The research proposal needs to meet the necessary quality requirements.

All ZAP-members who are eligible to apply for a Starting Grant, have 2 opportunities to apply for a Starting Grant within a time span of 3 years after an appointment as ZAP-member at Ghent University of at least 50%.

Who cannot apply?

For the call 2017 the following ZA¨P-members cannot apply for a Starting Grant:

  • ZAP-members who combine a ZAP-position of less than 50% with an appointment at VIB, IMEC, or the University Hospital (UZGent)
  • Visiting professors
  • Teaching staff at the University Colleges in the rank of professor lecturer, senior professor lecturer, full professor or senior full professor (group 3) who have been appointed as ZAP-member at Ghent University as part of the integration of the academic programs of the university colleges
  • Members of the teaching staff at the University Colleges (group 3) who did not became a ZAP-member at Ghent University (as part of the integration of the academic programs of the university colleges)
  • ERC grantholders and BOF ZAP Odysseus grantholders
  • Members of a BOF GOA consortium as mentioned below:
  1. Spokespersons and promoters (with or without budget)
  2. Co-promoters in GOA projects that started in 2017 or earlier*

* Exception: Co-promoters in GOA projects that started in 2017 or earlier who did not have a ZAP position (e.g. post-doctoral researchers or visiting professors) at the moment of the deadline of the elaborated GOA-proposal are taken into account to apply for a Starting Grant from the moment they are appointment as a ZAP-member of at least 50%.

  • (Co-)promoters* in one of the following programs funded by the Special Research Fund (BOF):
  1. Doctoral scholarships (DOC)
  2. Research projects (including Starting Grants, Association Research Projects, 2-4 year research projects, U4 projects and/or Interdisciplinary Research Projects)
  3. Research projects of 4 years assigned within the framework of an awarded BOF-ZAP Research Professor

* Exception: (Co-)promoters of current Special Research Fund (BOF) projects or scholarships who did not have a ZAP position (e.g. post-doctoral researchers or guest professors) at the moment of the deadline of the current BOF-project or scholarship, can still apply for a BOF Starting Grant.

 Additional regulations

  • External funding is not a criterion of exclusion to apply for a Starting Grant. Applicants who have obtained FWO, IWT, VLAIO or other external funding are still eligible to apply for a Starting Grant.
  • ZAP-members belonging to a research group with ample external research funds which are not obtained on a competitive basis and not project related (e.g. VIB, IMEC,… ) are also eligible to apply for a Starting Grant. However, when evaluating these applications, the Research Council will, just as it does for all other applications, assess to what extent the applicant can be considered a starter.
  • A promoter can only submit 1 application per call.
  • Applicants can apply maximum 2 times for a Starting Grant during their academic career.
  • A Starting Grant can only be granted once during an academic career.

How to apply?

  • The applications for a Starting Grant have to be submitted on the available forms provided for that purpose.
  • All applications will be evaluated by the Ghent University Research Council.
  • The project proposals have to be submitted either in Dutch or English.

Funding

Through a Starting Grant financial support is granted that can be used for personnel, operating and/or equipment costs. The total funding amounts to € 200.000.

Deadline

5 September 2017 at 23.59 (Belgian time)

Start date

1 January 2018 at the earliest

More information

Contact

Research Department Ghent University - Special Research Fund (BOF)